Breaking with tradition, Rockland JCC will open on Saturdays

The Jewish Community Center of Rockland has always remained closed from sundown on Friday until sunset on Saturday out of respect for the Jewish tradition of rest on the holy Shabbat.

But beginning April 1, the JCC will open its fitness center and gym Friday evenings and Saturday, joining a nationwide trend among JCCs to be open to the community seven days a week.

That decision is controversial in the Jewish community, both in and outside the center. Jews worship in different ways, some adhering more strictly to the letter of the law than others.


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